PJ Madsen's Playing Card Museum
SPADES - ACHAEMENIAN DYNASTY - 559-530 BC
ACE - The Achaemenian Gold Eagle - Ensign of Artaxerxes the First.
KING - One of the Great Kings.
QUEEN - An Achaemenian Queen, from a low relief.
JACK - An Immortal bodyguard of the Achaemenian Monarchs.
HEARTS - SASSANIDES DYNASTY - 242-632
ACE - The Illustrious standard titles DARAFCHE KAVIANI, and much revered by Iranians.
KING - A Sassanian Sovereign in his gala dress.
QUEEN - A Sassanian Queen (from a silver plate of the time)
JACK - An archer
DIAMONDS - SAFAVIDES DYNASTY - 1502 - 1753
ACE - A Trophy of Arms of that period.
KING - A Safavian Sovereign (contemporary with Shah Abbas the Great 1581-1628)
QUEEN - A Persian Princess.
JACK - A Safavian Warrior (the end of the 16th century)
CLUBS - AFSHARS DYNASTY - 1736-1749
ACE - An ancient Persian broidery.
KING - An Afshar Sovereign.
QUEEN - A contemporary Persian lady.
JACK - An irregular soldier of the Afshar period.
JOKER - The SIMORG - Legendary bird of Persian tradition
Historic Iranian Designs
Made by Fournier. Spain. 1962
ORIGINAL DRAWINGS/DESIGNS by V. ROMANOVSKI DE BONCZA, TEHRAN. IRAN
(Curator of the Military Museum of Tehran).
Each of the 4 suits represents a different Persian dynasty.
Every card is marked with both Roman and Farsi numerals or letters.
This deck of cards is listed in Fournier's book “Playing Cards” on page 333 as # 20. It was first produced in London in 1933.
I bought these cards on ebay from anro1626, but they are also sold as CARTA PERSICA on www.cartapersica.com.